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Overview (4)

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Birth NameMelissa Anne Crider
Nickname Lahlitah
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, and raised in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Missy Crider began her journey in the arts at an early age (12) in New York City and Los Angeles while doubling high school in the small southern town, graduating with a 3.98 cumulative GPA. The eldest of three siblings and daughter of a CPA/college professor and interior designer, she began working as an award-winning singer and violinist in country music stage shows in Branson, Missouri, when an agency in New York signed her and she booked her very first audition for an NBC pilot. She spent seven years during high school working in musical theater and doing local plays while flying back and forth to Hollywood and New York. She relocated to Los Angeles in October of 1992, after having filmed six movies and miniseries for television, including the highly acclaimed original, "Lonesome Dove" (1989), opposite Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, and Angelica Huston, which secured her Screen Actors Guild membership.

Crider received an Emmy nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her leading role opposite Tom Everett Scott in the CBS drama, "Love in the Dark Ages" (#11.3)" (1994). Shortly thereafter, John McNaughton cast her as an aspiring singer who lands a record deal. McNaughton asked Crider to sing the vocal tracks for the film in Showtime's campy drive-in cinema remake classic, "Girls in Prison" (1994) (TV), co-starring Anne Heche and Ione Skye. She made the transition to film when writer/director Mitch Marcus cast her as his female lead, "Cindy Wells", opposite Scott Caan, James Caan and Elliott Gould in "A Boy Called Hate" (1995). The gritty road movie captivated filmgoers and critics alike, winning The Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Crider followed this role by being cast as a southern woman caught in a cycle of small-town violence with a sensitive portrayal of a student who finds compassion for fellow empath, Sean Patrick Flanery, in Disney's beloved feature film, "Powder" (1995), co-starring Jeff Goldblum and Mary Steenburgen.

It was this winsome portrayal that brought her to the attention of renowned television producer Steven Bochco, who cast her opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Mary McCormack, as inscrutable murder defendant "Sharon Rooney" for a seven-episode run in the second season of his highly acclaimed ABC series, "Murder One" (1996). The 1990s proved busy with several other works: ABC's "A Mother's Revenge" (1993) (TV), opposite Shirley Knight and Lesley Ann Warren; a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, "Jane's House" (1994) (TV) opposite James Woods and Anne Archer; Peter Benchley's eight-hour miniseries for NBC, "The Beast" (1996) (TV), opposite William Petersen; Stephen King's "Quicksilver Highway" (1997) (TV), opposite Christopher Lloyd; Paramount Pictures "Sins of the Mind" (1997) (TV); "Conversations in Limbo" (1998); and the quirky independent film, "Stand-ins" (1997), in which Crider drones in German alto octave when portraying Marlene Dietrich's savvy, wise-cracking double, spewing 1930s banter with fellow stand-ins Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Mae West, Rita Hayworth and Greta Garbo.

In the fall of 1999, Crider's manager received a phone call from Steven Spielberg. He shared that he had recently seen her work on ABC's "Strange World" (1999) and wanted to write a leading role specifically for her in his NBC/Dreamworks one-hour drama series, "The Others" (2000). The role had originally been written as an elderly American Indian woman and was rewritten for Crider to play "Satori", a gifted psychic, opposite fellow telepaths Bill Cobbs, Julianne Nicholson, and Gabriel Macht. The series in the vein of the cult-following film, "Dead Poets Society" (1989), aired for 14 episodes on Saturday nights in 2000 and 2001. Proving equally adept with humor, Crider completed a co-starring role in producer/director Mike Binder's award-winning feature film comedy, "The Sex Monster" (1999), joining an ensemble cast including Mariel Hemingway, Kevin Pollak and Stephen Baldwin, winning Best Picture at the 1999 Aspen Comedy Festival. Crider plays "Diva", a beautiful young secretary who becomes the unwitting object of both her employer's and his wife's affections. Bill Paxton met Crider at a screening of "The Sex Monster" (1999) and cast her in his feature-film directorial debut set in rural Texas, "Frailty" (2001), playing Matthew McConaughey's southern pregnant wife.

After playing Matthew McConaughey's wife, Crider landed a coveted role in David Lynch's acclaimed feature film, "Mulholland Drive" (2001), as "Diane/Betty", a smart, hip, mysterious waitress who dreams of becoming an actress and served as the projection of Naomi Watts' character's fragile identity. During this period, Crider also joined an all-star cast opposite Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino, and Christopher Walken in Revolution Studios' romantic comedy, "Gigli" (2003), written and directed by Martin Brest, cast by Ellen Lewis. She joined the cast of the suspense indie ensemble, "Reeseville" (2003) when Director Gregory Hatanaka also offered her the lead role of "Mina" in his ensemble indie film about the challenges of Hollywood couples, "Until the Night" (2004), in which she plays the girlfriend of hopeful cinematographer Norman Reedus. Crider was also offered the female lead in an original Hallmark Channel telefilm, "Out of the Woods" (2005) (TV), opposite Jason London and Edward Asner shot in the Redwoods in Northern California.

In the 2000s, Crider starred, guest starred, and was delighted to be invited to recur in numerous hit films and TV shows. FOX offered Crider the role of "Rita Brady" during the height of their highly acclaimed TV show, "24" (2001), opposite Kiefer Sutherland. FOX invited her back to recur for 4 consequent episodes: "Day 6: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (#6.5)" (2007), "Day 6: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (#6.6)" (2007), "Day 6: 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. (#6.7) (2007)", "Day 6: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (#6.8)" (2007). The highly successful TV producer, Dick Wolf, personally invited Crider to rejoin the Law & Order family in New York when she shot an episode of "Law & Order: SVU: Catfishing Teacher (#17.10)" (2016), opposite Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay, ten years after Wolf had originally cast her in a lead guest star role in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Bedfellows (#6.5)" (2006), opposite Vincent D'Onofrio, Katie Erbe, and Rip Torn. Other works during this period included: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Burked (#2.1)" (2001), "Instinct to Kill" (2001), "CSI: Miami: Lost Son (#3.1)" (2004), Showtime's "Huff: A Cornfield Grows in L.A. (#2.8)" (2006), "Huff: Tapping The Squid (#2.11)" (2006), "Seclusion" (2006), "House: Role Model (#1.17) (2005), "Criminal Minds: Pay It Forward (#8.19)" (2013), "Mistresses: Open House (#2.3)" (2014), "The Guardian: Solidarity (#1.16)" (2002), "Without a Trace: One and Only (#5.22)" (2007), "Along the Way" (2007), the CW's "90210: Zero Tolerance (#1.23)" (2009), "Butterfly Dreaming" (2008), "The Cry of the Butterfly" (2014) opposite Dee Wallace Stone, and more.

Crider is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and child welfare advocate who has worked as a lead actress and singer in over 60 American films, TV series, and miniseries. In 2010, she was awarded the Norman Mailer Award by the Norman Mailer Writer's Colony and The National Council of Teachers of English in the category of nonfiction for a memoir that she penned about her grandmother. In 2018, she achieved her BA degree in Psychology, SAA, as an honors graduate at Argosy University. Her body of work, children's stories, and novels: The Interims, Semilla Swamp, and Little House War are found at MLCrider.com and CriderInk.com.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Morgan Hyler-Boz

Spouse (1)

T. M. Rogers (14 June 2018 - present)

Trivia (10)

Was engaged to actor James Woods in May 1997 while attending the Cannes Film Festival in France. After a lengthy courtship, the on and off couple were engaged to be married again on New Year's Eve 2000 at the San Ysidro Ranch in northern California. They met when seated next to each other on the airplane that would take them to Vancouver, B.C., Canada in early 1994 when she was to play his daughter in the TV movie Jane's House (1994). Crider never married Woods.
Appeared in the second season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000). "CSI" star William Petersen played her father in the mini series The Beast (1996).
Started her career in New York City while staying on Roosevelt Island during summers when attending high school in Northwest Arkansas.
Graduated from high school with a 3.98 GPA in 1992 while serving as her senior high honors Beta Club President at Eureka Springs High School from 1991-1992.
Is Godmother to three children: her brother Chris' son Levi, her friend Julie's son, Diamond, and her friend Elisabeth's daughter, Melissa Lucia Zipf, who was named after Missy. Little Melissa Zipf resides on an island off the coast of Spain near Dakar, Africa.
Writes novels, screenplays, short stories, and children's books. In the winter of 2010, her poetry, An All-the-Rage City Dumpster, was published in actor/director/painter Jeffrey Vincent Parise's collection of works entitled, A Decade of Paintings: 2000-2010.
In the fall of 2010, the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English awarded Crider a Norman Mailer Award as a finalist in the nonfiction category of a national essay-writing competition for American community colleges. Initially, Crider had written the essay, P.O. Box 549, for her college English professor, Jennifer Ford. It depicted a mystical occurrence regarding having mailed her deceased Granny Ella a birthday card to an old post office box number in Louisiana one November, only to receive a card and photograph of her in return three months later. Ella Buller Mitchell was raised in Elton, Louisiana and figures prominently in Crider's life. Growing up on a Louisiana cotton farm, she raised three children as a single woman in the 1930s/40s after having been widowed when Crider's mother, Linda, was two years of age. Ella was an avid supporter of the arts and remains to be an important female role model in Crider's life.
Voted "Best All-Around" by her high school senior class in 1992. Homecoming Queen 1990. Eureka Springs Folk Festival Queen 1990. Prom Queen 1991. Crider won Homecoming Queen again in 1992 the year of her graduation from Eureka Springs High School.
In the mid-1990s, Crider committed to a weekly volunteer program where she served as a "special friend" in orphanages Hollygrove (Hollywood, CA) and Five Acres (Altadena, CA) to two children who were taken in by the state off the streets in the greater Los Angeles area.
In the fall of 2009 Melissa Crider began pursuing a college degree in Psychology with other concentrations in Philosophy and Physics. She maintained a 4.00 GPA since her college commencement and was noted on The Dean's & President's Lists for six consecutive semesters at a community college until transferring 60 completed credits to a B.A. program. [February 2012]

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